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by: Ziks511 January 9, 2013 2:59 PM PST

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Executive Orders and the Myth of Dictatorship. For Toni,

by Ziks511 - 1/9/13 2:59 PM

because I know she depends on meto get the information correct.

Executive orders by George W. Bush ranging from 27 per year in 2006 to 54 in 2001, including 5 in his 3 weeks in 2009.

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html
Nice annual listing, which won't copy so you'll have to go to the page

George Bush's Total, 291 in 8 years with a normally cooperative House and Senate, an historically record number.

Executive orders by Barack H. Obama

144 in 4 years with an extremely obstructive House and Senate. Which means that he might not break W's record.

The filibuster and the supermajority, March, 2009.
http://100days.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/filibusters-the-senates-self-inflicted-wound/

and November 2012
http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.ca/2012/11/counting-filibusters-and-getting-reform.html

"For the past three years, as I noted in that last post, the Republicans have been firing off filibusters at an average rate of a hundred and twenty-nine per year. That comes to very nearly one filibuster for every single ******* day the Senate is in session." Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/26/the-coming-filibuster-war.html
But this is a significant underestimate of the number of filibusters.

"First of all: cloture petitions -- and that's what he's using for this count -- are simply terrible measures of filibusters. They may be the least-bad measure, to be sure, for some purposes. But in this case, cloture petitions massively underestimate the total number of filibusters. In a true 60 vote Senate, which is pretty much what we've had since 2009, every single measure is being filibustered. Every single bill. Every amendment to every bill. Every nomination. That's true whether or not there's any actual delay at all; simply insisting on 60 is enough to make it a filibuster. And since November 2008, Republicans have insisted on 60 for almost everything."
Johnathan Bernstein.
http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.ca/2012/11/counting-filibusters-and-getting-reform.html

I have been looking for an actual number of filibusters, including nominees being blocked by simply sequestering the idea of holding confirmation hearings, which rarely makes the news. There's no place wonkish enough on the 'net to offer that info, and Rachel Maddow's staff, who do have that sort of information, won't return my calls. ;-P

Actually what I really wanted was a link to yearly graphs, of both Executive Orders and of filibusters (counted more broadly than cloture votes), so it could be more clearly seen. I have seen those graphs on television, but as noted, can't get TRMS to let me have them. But I can assure you that the use of Senate privilege by the Minority Party has been at an all-time high for the past 4 years, by a factor of about 3+, meaning Obama has seen three times the number of filibusters yearly as any president (per year of Administration) in history.

The issue particularly is the stealth nature of the filibuster, now that senators don't actually filibuster, meaning stand up and talk for hours on end, as in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. All they do is to table a motion, and it's over. And the news pays little attention.

If newspapers and the Nightly News on any television station led each day with the number of motions tabled, and by whom, it would all stop pretty quickly, because while many of those people could keep their seats, they wouldn't be able to stand the publicity and possible vilification their positions would draw.

But do keep listening to Fox, Toni, I know that its fact free reporting is comforting to you.

Rob

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